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Upper Intermediate Spanish Lesson 39: Negative character descriptions with Spanish adjectives (Part 3)

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In this free Spanish lesson we will see how to use positive Spanish adjectives to describe negative character traits, such as “Amelia va de estrella” (Amelia thinks she is a star), and how to describe negative aspects of other people that you don’t think are really that bad. This is the final lesson in a series of three Spanish lessons looking at negative character adjectives in Spanish. In the previous two Spanish lessons we saw a list of useful Spanish adjectives including Chulo (Arrogant) and Muermo (Boring) and Spanish sentence structures used with Spanish adjectives to describe negative character traits, such as Qué + adjective or Ser + un/una + pedazo de + adjective. I would never wish to encourage my students to talk badly about others, but you will still need to be aware of these very commonly used Spanish adjectives and sentence structures. Many of the adjectives and structures featured in this series of three Spanish video lessons are quite colloquial Spanish and you will hear them a lot if you are watching regular Spanish television. If you haven’t started watching TV in Spanish yet, maybe I can point you in the right direction with my selection of recommended programmes to watch free online. Click here to watch fantastic Spanish series including Dr Mateo and Aída It is never to early to start watching television in Spanish. It will of course be very difficult to understand if you are only just starting to learn Spanish, but it will still be fantastic practice to listen to the Spanish dialogue and hear how people really speak. Stick with it, watch little and often and make sure that you find programmes that you are genuinely interested in.

Lesson notes:

Using positive adjectives to talk badly about others:

Ir + de + positive adjective:
Amelia va de estrella: Amelia thinks she is a star

Hacerse + el/la/los/las + positive adjective:
Siempre te haces el interesante con las chicas: He acts cool around the girls

Hacerse + el/la/los/las + negative adjective:
Mi padre se hace el sordo: My father turns a deaf ear

Describing negative aspects of others that you don’t think are really that bad:

No + es + muy + positive adjective + que digamos:
No es muy inteligente que digamos pero es muy majo: He is not the most intelligent, but he’s a great guy

Ser + un poco + negative adjective (we can add the suffix –illo/a):
Es un poco tonto/tontillo: He’s a bit dopey/dippy

Activity:

Make up your own sentences in Spanish practising each use…

Using positive adjectives to talk badly about others
Describing negative aspects of others that you don’t think are really that bad

Here are the answers to the last activity:

¡Será tiquismiquis!
¡Mira que son pijos/as!
¡Es un payaso monumental!
¡Qué repipi!

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